A good car, but watch the rust
The car was recalled due to the exhaust being attached with the wrong clips. The front wheel arch liner came loose and had to be rectified by the dealer.
Makes load noises over speed humps seems to be a suspension related noise, dealer unable to find fault.
Rust showing under the weather seals of the drivers door, this appeared after just over a year and a half. Dealer repaired the rust free of charge under the bodywork warranty as it was coming from inside the door behind the seal. 4 months later the rust came back, but I sold the car anyway just after this.
Rust also starting inside the boot behind the light cluster, I have owned the car from new and it has never been an accident surely this should not happen?
I know Ford have a reputation for poor and badly constructed bodywork, but this is the worst built car that I have ever owned.
The 10 year old Fiesta this car replaced had less visable rust!
The handling is superb it is in a class of its own when it comes to twisty roads. Acceleration is poor this car is no hot hatch, but it is a very good warm variant. Top end is extremely average mine tops out at 115mph.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th April, 2003